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October 24, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
A sculpture on the facade of Franklin Institute's sparkling new addition will offer pedestrians, motorists, and others a moving and glistening new view of the science museum. With 12,500 5-by-5-inch anodized aluminum squares, the exterior of the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion under construction will twinkle and undulate with the wind. The 3,000-square-foot kinetic "Shimmer Wall" being installed this week on the Race Street side of the institute at 20th and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway uses sunlight and wind to make ever-shifting patterns.
NEWS
October 14, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the 1950s into the 1970s, William V. Zemitis was a teacher of adults at Sunday schools in South Jersey. He taught at the First Baptist Church of Burlington, then at the First Baptist Church of Willingboro. "He was good at that, with people his own age," son William I. said. Mr. Zemitis had good reason for helping others, his son suggested, having come from hard times. On Saturday, Oct. 5, Mr. Zemitis, 93, of Edgewater Park, a former construction firm executive, died at Virtua Memorial medical center in Mount Holly.
NEWS
October 12, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
City Councilman W. Wilson Goode Jr. on Thursday took another whack at the city's tax break on new and rehabilitated homes, introducing a bill that would force the School Reform Commission to take a stand on the matter. The bill would end the abatement on the portion of property taxes that goes to the city's cash-starved schools unless the SRC voted by June 30 to continue it. The abatement exempts the value of new home construction and rehabs from property taxes for 10 years. The School District of Philadelphia receives about 55 percent of the property taxes collected in the city.
NEWS
October 11, 2013
TONIGHT'S official opening of Philadelphia's newest showcase certainly represents a milestone for the local theater scene, but you'll have to wait another eight months or so to pop the champagne corks. After 10 years of planning, plotting and fundraising, the FringeArts complex, at Columbus Boulevard and Race Street, debuts with a Fringe Festival favorite, "The Elephant Room," a magic-based piece that runs through Oct. 20. But as monumental as the building's debut is, it is only the first stage of the $7 million project.
REAL_ESTATE
September 30, 2013 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
Vicky and Andy Lynch of Plymouth Township have a tale of homeowners' hell to tell. In 1997, the Lynches - he's a lawyer, she's a law librarian by training - bought a sweet, plaster-walled, pine-floored stone Colonial. The main attraction? "My sister lives down the street," says Vicky, 45. The couple hired help to strip layers of wallpaper from every flat surface except the floors; to remove battery acid from closet surfaces because the former owner had stored car batteries in them; and to dislodge undershirts from the eaves.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Clifford E. Thalwitzer, 83, of Summerfield, Fla., a former executive with the Philadelphia construction firm JJ White Inc., died of complications from heart problems Saturday, Sept. 7, at Arbor Village Rehab & Nursing Center in Wildwood, Fla. A graduate of Bridgeton (N.J.) High School, Mr. Thalwitzer was a member of the New Jersey National Guard in the early 1950s. Called to active duty during the Korean conflict, Mr. Thalwitzer was a drill sergeant at an Army base in Texas.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Robert Moran, and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
Daquan Crump, the 19-year-old who was shot 10 times in the head and face and then left in a Northeast Philadelphia construction site nearly two weeks ago, was killed by a childhood friend over $60, the proceeds of a stolen PlayStation 3 video-game system, police said Wednesday. "In their mind, this is worth a human life," Homicide Capt. James Clark said at a news conference announcing the arrest of 18-year-old Malik Anderson. "Because I didn't get a cut of a $60 profit from a used PlayStation game, I'm going to stand over top and shoot a kid that I've been friends with since I was 10, 11 years old," Clark said.
NEWS
July 19, 2013 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
Is there a correlation between tax compliance and construction-site safety? Members of City Council's Special Investigatory Committee, created to look into last month's fatal Center City building collapse, seemed to think so. The committee held its third hearing yesterday. "One indicator is if you're not paying your taxes, you're probably not providing a good safety plan," said Councilman Curtis Jones Jr., the committee chairman, referring to comments from demolition-industry experts.
NEWS
July 13, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A section of floor of a building under construction at Temple University buckled Thursday afternoon, sending one person to the hospital with unspecified injuries that were described as not life-threatening. "I heard the rattling. I thought it was a car accident," said Temple junior Maria Macri, 21, who was leaving class in a nearby building when the steel beam tumbled. "I could see smoke coming up, and debris. " The structure at 12th Street and Polett Walk is currently a six-story skeleton.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Protesters are back. Members of Carpenters Local 255 stood at the curb on Haddonfield Road in Cherry Hill on Tuesday where a new store for Pier 1 Imports is under construction. The problem, said three men with a sign, is that the general contractor is using workers who do not belong to a union. "Labor Dispute," read part of a banner. In red letters, the rest of the sign shouted, "Shame on Pier 1 Imports. " Occasionally the three received a honk, or support in the form of thumbs up as they stood in the 85-degree heat on the busy byway near a Wegmans.
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